The high school bowling sectional was as exciting as ever with surprises and nail biters. Congratulations to all of the teams and individuals on a great weekend.
Both of Alexandria’s teams will make a repeat appearance at regional.
After two team games, the Alexandria girls team took the lead and never looked back. Fighting it out for second place, Anderson led Noblesville for most of the day until the fifth and final baker game, with Noblesville steadily closing the gap on Anderson’s lead, Anderson held onto a one-pin lead. Noblesville came out strong and outscored Anderson for the second and final spot moving on to regional.
With a strong start that was only improved upon throughout the day, Alexandria was the No. 1 seed heading into the finals with Noblesville. After a head to head match-up for two games, Alexandria couldn’t quite finish the day off and fell short to a strong Noblesville team.
After a short disappointment, the positive of moving on to the next step was their focus.
The individual section of the tourney produced five of the eight girls advancing from this area.
Alexandria was the only school to have two qualifiers. Emily Young started out in the lead and finished as the No. 1 seed, while Mikaela Hiatt qualified as the fourth seed and in the final spot in the step ladder finals. MIkaela battled her way over the second and third seeds to the final match to face her teammate. Young defended her number one seed and claimed the title of sectional champ.
Also moving on to regional is Olivia Behrens of Anderson, Layna Chapman from Anderson Preparatory Academy and Danielle McCune of Madison-Grant.
In the boys singles event, Alexandria’s Mason Ward was the No. 1 seed heading into the step ladder final finals. Ward was at his finest over the weekend rolling two 300 games. One came in the singles event on Saturday and added to a 276 and 213 for a 789 series.
Nicholas Squires of Pendleton qualified as the fourth seed. Squires moved up the ladder by defeating number three seed Tyler Geisinger of Anderson and number two seed Kris Strong of Noblesville. Ward defended his number one seed by defeating Squires 266-248 and claiming the sectional champ title.
Also advancing to the regional is Anderson’s Dustin Carpenter, Coby Richardson and Matthew Benzenbower. Pendleton’s Dylan Holford and Levi Bennett move on, along with Austyn Bragg of Elwood and Lucas Brown of Madison-Grant.
In the boys team event, Alexandria again walked away as sectional champs led by Mason Ward’s second 300 game of the tournament. Also advancing are the Anderson and Pendleton teams.
Saturday's regional will be held in Richmond at Richmond 40 Bowl. The singles event will start at 9 a.m. with team beginning at 1 p.m.
The Masters Tournament produced one local bowler into the finals on Sunday. James Buckner had a great weekend finishing in the top 16 out of over 300 bowlers. Congratulations James on a great job and thanks for representing our area well.